Gridiron Flashback

*For several weeks during the 2019-2020 Everett High School football season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from decades into the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.

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Our final Gridiron Flashback of the season takes us 21 years into the past to 1998, when Diamond Ferri pounded out a team-high 21 touchdowns and 130 total points in an undefeated, super bowl winning campaign for the Crimson Tide. Ferri would later play for Syracuse University before a brief stint with the NFLs Arizona Cardinals and the CFLs Saskatchewan RoughRiders.

Foppiano wins battle of Everett Boxers

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Lightweight Shayna Fappiano (white trunks) returned strong in her first fight in more than a year with a unanimous decision win over Raquel Santos (0-1). (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Everett native Shayna Foppiano’s pro boxing debut was a knockout – literally.

In her third career bout, the powerful 27-year old Foppiano put her undefeated record (2-0-1, 1 KO) to the test against fellow Everett boxer Raquel Santos at the Twin River Casino and Hotel in Rhode Island, part of the Classic Entertainment & Sports Boxing showcase there this past weekend.

Foppiano didn’t score a knockout this time around but pulled off a majority decision victory, outlasting Santos in the their four round lightweight matchup.

The faceoff was Santos’ pro debut and Foppiano’s first against someone from her hometown, much to her delight and surprise.

“I found out who I was fighting on before the fight and thought to myself ‘Wow that’s really cool’,” said Foppiano, who didn’t know until two weeks prior that she’d be going up against another Everett native.

The victory, admittedly not an easy one, though, wasn’t as unexpected for Foppiano.

“I came forward a more aggressive fighter this time around,” said Foppiano, who followed up a draw in her previous fight with the win over Santos.

She said she realized the fight was hers to win after withstanding a hard hit from Santos in the third round.

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Robert J. McLaughlin

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Robert J. McLaughlin 81, a resident of Everett passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Thursday November 21 surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Lynn on February 20, 1938 the son of the late Nicholas and Marie (Comeau) McLaughlin. In 1967, Bob married his loving wife of 52 years Pat Doherty and together they continued their life Everett and raised their family. Before he retired in the late 90s, Bob enjoyed a successful career as an accountant. He graduated from Northeastern University and he continued his education and received his Masters Degree from Bentley University.

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Helen A. McKinnon

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Helen A. (Rosolko) McKinnon died at her home in Everett on November 20, 2019. She was 89 years of age.

Helen was born in Jamaica Plain, was raised in Everett, graduated from Everett High School and from Simmons College with a bachelor’s degree.

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— Eye on Everett —

The mayor and the new Council

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By Josh Resnek

There has been some talk making the rounds about what might happen when the new city budget is being composed under the very watchful eye of the city’s Chief Financial Officer Eric Demas and more importantly, the new members of the city council, Gerly Adrien, Stephanie Martins and Jimmy Le.

Will the $12,500 appropriation for the mayor to lease an automobile to do his official duties which was approved by the council last year with only Councilor Fred Capone questioning it be approved again this year?

I know Capone won’t be voting for it. The three new members should not be voting for it. At Large Councilor Mike Marchese won’t vote for it and when push comes to shove, Councilor Wayne Matewsky can be persuaded what is true about the appropriation.

What is that? What is the truth?

The mayor gave himself a $1000 a month raise with the car lease ruse he badgered the council about last time around.

The mayor actually threatened the council and dared it not to give him the money…which he has pocketed in $1,000 increments without leasing a car.

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